10 Things to do for FREE in Dublin
If you are heading into Dublin city, the capitol of Ireland, you must be aware it is not the cheapest location to travel. Not to worry, there are so many free and fun places to add to your itinerary, no matter how empty your wallet is. Why not try these great ways to indulge in the irish history and culture, while not spending a single dime!
#1 Explore Phoenix Park
Europe’s largest inner city park, the 707 hectare area includes the city zoo, interesting monuments and hundreds of walking tracks. Spend the day searching for native deer, take a picnic on a summer day or hike through the forest in search of ancient ruins.
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#2 Take one of the free city walking tours
In the high months, daily walking tours take place in the city and are a great way to immerse yourself in the culture. The tours include historic information about the 1916 rising, the grand River Liffey and medieval Dublin. Tour guides are always young and enthusiastic, open to answering your questions and will show you a side of Dublin you may not see otherwise.
#3 Stroll through St. Stephens Green
One of the most luxurious, beautiful parks in Dublin, Stephens Green is home to an abundance of native flora and fauna. Placed at the peak of the famous Grafton Street, the park is ideal for a lazy stroll during the warmer months and children will love the playground areas. It is truly beautiful and the perfect place to wind down after a busy day.
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#4 Admire famous paintings at the National Art Gallery
A completely free admission for a National Gallery is rare, so ensure you take advantage of this whilst in Dublin and spend a few hours’ oohing and ahhing the fine art collection. The assemblage includes original Celtic art from Ireland itself and the building is architecturally striking.
#5 Wander through the gothic streets and see Christ Church
One of my favourite days in Dublin was admiring the beautiful Christ Church and wandering down to the Four Courts. Located just East of the center itself, the area is filled with magical little churches and architecture that will leave you speechless.
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#6 Follow the sound of music
Whether it be stopping by the famous Whalens Pub for a gig or seeking buskers along the busy Grafton street, music is everywhere in Dubiln and of course, listening is free! Some of the world’s greatest artists began on these cobbled streets, including Bono from U2!
#7 Appreciate the heritage of Trinity College
One of the grandest Universities in the world, you can stalk the hallways of Trinity, Ireland’s version of Oxford. Founded in 1952, the grounds include manacured gardens, a stunning library and are also home to the Book of Kells, an ancient Celtic manuscript of the Gospel of Christ.
#8 Go for a walk along Dollymount beach
Located a little out of town in the Clontarf area, this is a romantic and often overlooked place for tourists to enjoy the Irish coast. The beautiful view over Dublin Bay which stretches all the way out to Dun Laoghaire has a 5km long pathway, so it is a perfect way to get some exercise and sightsee at the same time. Ice cream parlours and cafes dot the street and you can pick up a reasonably priced lunch anywhere along the bay while watching water sports such as kite surfing and paragliding take place.
#9 Celebrate at a free city festival
Dublin is a very lively city, with monthly festivals and events for all ages. Usually held in Merrien Square or St Stephens Green, you can attend these events free of charge, watch street performances, art exhibitions and sometimes even live stage shows.
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#10 Discover relics at Dublin Castle
The 18th centure castle, located just off the major hub of Dame Street, is the former UK Government Administration building. It towers over central Dublin and still remains a major Irish Government office. The castle grounds are a truly beautiful sight and can be roamed free of charge. They do offer tours, however a self guided option is a great choice to take for those on a budget!